Clippers to Continue Clicking in Low-Scoring Victory vs. Celtics

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Kevin Stott

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 2:02 PM UTC

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 2:02 PM UTC

Los Angeles has played eight straight "unders" and Boston has been struggling to score. For your NBA picks, is looking at the total in tonight's matchup the best handicapping idea?

Wednesday NBA: Clippers vs. CelticsFree NBA Picks: Clippers +5 and Under 209Best Line Offered: Bookmaker

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Odds Overview

Lou Williams and the Los Angeles Clippers (29-26 SU, 30-25 ATS) head to TD Garden in Boston to face Kyrie Irving and the Celtics (43-28 SU, 31-27-3 ATS) in a primetime TV matchup (ESPN, 8 p.m. ET). On the NBA odds board the Celtics opened as 5½-point home favorites and the total was 212 (BetOnline), with early sharp action driving the line down to 5 (Bookmaker) and 4½ (Pinnacle) with the total now in the range of 209 (Pinnacle) to 208 (Bookmaker). Boston is priced at -180 on the moneyline (BetOnline); the best current price on the Clippers on takeback at +172 (Bookmaker, JustBet).

About The Clippers

The Clippers (16-11 ATS on road) have parted ways with Blake Griffin (Pistons) and Chris Paul (Rockets), so now it’s Williams (23.2 ppg, 5.2 apg), DeAndre Jordan (15.1 rpg, 64.7%), Wesley Johnson (1.2 spg, 1.1 bpg), Danilo Gallinari, Tobias Harris and Avery Bradley who are the nucleus of this rebuilding Western Conference team, which is a half-game behind New Orleans for the eighth and last playoff spot.

On Monday the Clippers (600/1 to win NBA championship, JustBet) employed a starting lineup of Jordan at center, Gallinari (16 points) and Harris (10 points) at forward and Bradley (11 points) and Austin Rivers (17 points) at guard, with Williams (20 points) and Montrezl Harrell (15 points) coming off the bench in a 114-101 win at Brooklyn (LAC -4½ 221½, U) as the visitors from La La Land covered ATS.

The freshest baked trends show the Clippers are 8-2-1 their L11 games on Wednesdays, 12-3-1 ATS the L16 on the road and an impressive 21-10-1 ATS in L32 games overall. In the totals market, the Clippers have played eight straight "unders," and the "under" is 7-0 the L7 times L.A. has allowed 100+ the previous game, 5-0 the L5 on the road and 5-1 the L6 vs. the Atlantic Division.

About The Celtics

The Celtics (14/1 to win NBA championship, Bookmaker) have given up the overall lead in the Eastern Conference to Toronto. Bettors usually remember what they saw last, and seeing the Celtics getting humbled by LeBron James and new-look Cleveland on Sunday on national TV certainly justifies the early action on the Clippers.

In the 121-99 (O, 213) humbling by Cleveland, Boston led 32-31 after one quarter but was outscored by 13 (33-20) in the decisive second quarter as the Cavaliers shot 53 percent from the field and from 3-Pointville as the C’s wished they had stayed in bed. After reeling off six straight ATS wins, Boston is now 1-3 ATS its L4 and looking for some needed scoring after putting up fewer than 100 points in four of its L5, with the lone exception (110) needing an OT period at Washington to hit triple-digits.

The Celtics are 4-0 ATS the L4 Wednesdays, 4-0 ATS the L4 vs. the Western Conference and 7-3 ATS their L10 overall, but Boston is 3-8-1 ATS its L12 at home against teams with losing road records. The "over" is 17-7-1 the L25 Celtics home games against teams with losing road records, but the "under" is 5-2 the L7 home games and 15-5-1 the L21 Boston meetings with the Pacific Division (75 percent).

The Verdict

The recent series trends show the Clippers are 6-2 ATS the L8 meetings in Beantown, and with the Celtics possibly having matchup problems and trouble keeping Gallinari and Harris in check, this is definitely a spot where Los Angeles can go into Boston a steal a win outright, meaning taking 5 points or more (Bookmaker, JustBet) seems like a wise move with your NBA picks. And even though the sharps have pounded the total down a couple points and the first 30 minutes could be relatively high scoring, this game could tighten up in the last 30 minutes with both teams fighting for the W for different immediate reasons — the Clips to get in playoff range and keep the positivity going, and the C’s to end a mini-skid and finally get over the 100-point mark in regulation. And, easier typed here than done there.

With so much pressure on Boston to rebound and the Clippers loose as a goose, I give a slight edge to the Clippers here, especially with defensive-specialist Bradley returning home after being traded (twice); Jordan being able to neutralize Al Horford in the paint; and Williams, Gallinari and Harris playing at such high levels and getting their points. With Griffin gone, perhaps Los Angeles is simply a better team now and ready to make a run. My prediction is Clippers 97, Celtics 94.

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